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As reported in today's Herald (4 June 15), Scotland could take a different approach to the rights and roles of migrants than the rest of the UK. Dr Eve Hepburn's evidence to Holyrood's European and External Affairs Committee highlighted the policy areas in which the Scottish Parliament could take a... Read more
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Guest blogger Alan Trench discusses Ways forward for the United Kingdom, a new report from the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law. The impact of the Scottish independence referendum has been wide-ranging. It raises a number of questions about how the UK works as a whole and its territorial constitut... Read more
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Meryl Kenny, Juliet Swann and Fiona Mackay discuss women’s presence at Westminster and how it remains a long way from parity. This post originally appeared on the Gender Politics at Edinburgh blog. The run-up to the 2015 General Election was dominated by coverage of ‘dangerous women’ shaking up the... Read more
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Charlie Jeffery, Ailsa Henderson, Roger Scully, Daniel Wincott and Richard Wyn Jones discuss the referendum on the UK’s EU membership. Charlie Jeffery and Ailsa Henderson (University of Edinburgh). Roger Scully, Daniel Wincott and Richard Wyn Jones (Cardiff University) So, we will have a referendum... Read more
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Some of the UK’s leading political scholars believe that ‘British Party Politics’ has ceased to be a meaningful phrase. Speaking as the final results were coming in, experts raised concerns about how the component nations of the UK – most especially England and Scotland - would communicate political... Read more
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The UK is accustomed to finding out who has won an election in fairly short order - an exhausted party leader appears on TV in the dead of night to say that they have spoken to their opposite number and one or other has conceded that they cannot form a government. Things were rather different in 201... Read more
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For those staying up through the wee small hours, experts from the Centre will be providing analysis across the domestic and international media. Academic commentary will also be available online. Professor Ailsa Henderson will be providing political analysis on STV through the night and Professor N... Read more
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A group of top political scientists from around Scotland has produced a series of essays for a forthcoming special issue of The Political Quarterly. They consider where next for Scotland on the back of last year’s independence referendum and the subsequent proposals for extending devolution that cam... Read more
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The Scottish Referendum Study (SRS) is the largest and most detailed study into the results of last year's vote on independence. The investigation is being conducted by Professor Ailsa Henderson, Professor James Mitchell, Professor Christopher Carman and Dr Rob Johns.  The SRS is based on three wave... Read more
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AQMeN COMMUNICATIONS AND IMPACT OFFICER Applications are invited for a full-time Communications and Impact Officer to join the Applied Quantitative Methods Network, a Research Centre that aims to develop a dynamic and pioneering set of projects using quantitative data that will improve our understan... Read more
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  • 22nd January 2019

    The UK is increasingly polarised by Brexit identities and they seem to have become stronger than party identities, a new academic report finds. Only one in 16 people did not have a Brexit identity, while more than one in five said they had no party identity. Sir John Curtice’s latest analysis of public opinion on a further referendum finds there has been no decisive shift in favour of another referendum. The report, Brexit and public opinion 2019, by The UK in a Changing Europe, provides an authoritative, comprehensive and up-to-date guide to public opinion on each of the key issues around Brexit. CCC Fellow, Dr Coree Brown Swan contributed a chapter on "the SNP, Brexit and the politics of independence"

  • 22nd January 2019

    In the papers accompanying the draft Environment (Principles and Governance) Bill published at the end of 2018, the UK Government says that it is “exploring opportunities to co-design the final proposals with the devolved administrations.” There are clear benefits in having strong co-operation and collaboration across the UK in the oversight of our environmental law and performance. Yet the challenge of finding a way forward in terms of working together is substantial since each part of the UK is in a different position at present. Given where things stand today, it may be better to accept that a good resolution is not possible immediately and to revisit the issue at a later stage - so long as there is a strong commitment to return and not allow interim arrangements to become fixed. Colin Reid, Professor of Environmental Law at the University of Dundee examines the issues.

  • 17th January 2019

    Richard Parry assesses a memorable day in UK parliamentary history as the Commons splits 432-202 on 15 January 2019 against the Government's recommended Brexit route. It was the most dramatic night at Westminster since the Labour government’s defeat on a confidence motion in 1979.

  • 17th January 2019

    What is the Irish government’s Brexit wish-list? The suggestion that Irish unity, as opposed to safeguarding political and economic stability, is the foremost concern of the Irish government is to misunderstand and misrepresent the motivations of this key Brexit stakeholder, writes Mary C. Murphy (University College Cork).

  • 17th January 2019

    Brexit is in trouble but not because of the Irish backstop, argues the CCC's Michael Keating.

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